EU Ambassador and MOP inaugurates completion of rural roads construction in Lautem

EU Ambassador and MOP inaugurates completion of rural roads construction in Lautem

(Photo Tatoli/Natalino Belo)

DILI, 27 april 2022 (TATOLI) – The Ambassador of the European Union (EU) and the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) inaugurated the completion of the Rural Road Construction and Rehabilitation project, implemented by the International Labor Organization (ILO), in Lautem Municipality.

The construction of the rural roads in the area of Nairete and Leuro of Souro village, in Lospalos Administrative Post of Lautem Municipality, was financed by the European Union (Eu). The construction and rehabilitation of 3.250 meters of roads cost a total of US$ 271.480.

EU also financed the construction and rehabilitation of 18.485 meters of roads in the administrative post of Iliomar, in Lautem municipality. The construction and rehabilitation process began on september 21, 2022, and terminated on june 2021.

The rural roads connect the villages and the local market which would facilitate the local communities to sell their local products such as coconut oil, etc.

The Ambassador of the EU to Timor-Leste, Andrew Jacobs expressed his contentment with the completion of the construction project, saying the EU took part in bringing immediate development to the rural communities: “I call on the government to carry out regular maintenance to keep these roads in good condition to benefit the local communities.”

Jacobs expressed his appreciation for the cooperation between the government, local leaders, the companies, and ILO for the construction and rehabilitation of the rural roads.

“These roads would help the communities to increase their family income by selling their local products at the local market,” he said.

At the same place, the General Director of the Ministry of Public Works (MoPW), Rui Hernani thanked the EU for their commitment to keeping supporting Timor-Leste in the infrastructure development and economic sector: “These roads would support the communities, especially the children to have access to school and healthcare centers. Thus, the government will carry out its maintenance program to ensure the sustainability of the roads.”

The Director of ILO to Indonesia and Timor-Leste, Michiko Miyamoto revealed the implementation of the 34 projects of ILO’s Enhancing Rural Access Agro-Forestry Project (ERA Agro-Forestry) had benefited more than 4000 people.

The same projects have been implemented in the municipalities of Baucau, Manatuto, and Viqueque.

The Enhancing Rural Access (ERA) seeks to improve access to rural areas through the rehabilitation and maintenance of around 150 km of priority rural roads in selected municipalities of Timor-Leste.


Journalist: Natalino Belo

Editor: Evaristo Soares Martins /Nelia Borges Rosario

Translation: Filomeno Martins


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